Troubador The Music of Freedom

Released: 28/11/2019

ISBN: 9781838591809

Format: Paperback

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The Music of Freedom


Heinrich Müller, conscripted into the German Wehrmacht, is confronted with both the horrors of the SS atrocities in Poland and the evils of Nazi tyranny in his native Austria. Wounded in action, Heinrich finds himself caught up in the highest levels of the Nazi political hierarchy. As a lowly administrator in Salzburg, his musical gifts are utilised to entertain Adolf Hitler and Hermann Goering at the Führer’s mountain lair. 

Heinrich is faced head-on by racial intolerance and persecution by the Nazi regime when two young Jewish musical prodigies, put in his charge, are threatened with arrest and deportation. Can he possibly save them? Fleeing to occupied France the children and their unlikely saviour make contact with the French Résistance. A final journey to the Brittany coast is fraught with danger, not least from the possible German penetration of the résistance ring protecting them.  

Because of his close association with Goering, Heinrich possesses information vital for the British war effort, but this makes his pursuers even more determined he will be stopped at all costs.

A excellent and well researched book which gained my attention throughout. Although fiction, it is believable and there are no 'dull' parts to it. I found it quite easy to align with the main character, Heinrick Muller, and with many of the decisions he makes at various turns in the book's journey. The author clearly has much talent to write such a varied range of books to date. Without doubt this is his best book and would surely be receiving higher acclaim if it was written by one of the better known authors.

by Ray Fuller

Book most enjoyable. Subject interesting and reader is empathetic to characters.

by Dorothy Emslie

A considerable amount of research has clearly gone into this excellent book. The characters all come across as real, believable people and the various unexpected twists and turns of the plot made it very hard to put down, with the climax of the plot being particularly gripping. The author is obviously a keen musician and train enthusiast, but any reader who may not share either of these particular interests with him will still find it a most enjoyable read from beginning to end.

by John Petley

The Music of Freedom is a gripping tale that holds the readers attention from the start.
Heinreich, the accidental hero, finds himself playing an instrumental part in engineering the escape of two musically gifted Jewish children from war torn Europe.
Trains, boats, and a less orthodox form of transport ensure nearly all are are brought to safety - but not before many a heart stopping moment along the way.
Memorable characters abound, not all of them are human.... A good read!

by Margaret Gentry

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